Tim Wilkin, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Mott Tries Again With Scotland: ‘Sometimes You Have To Go To War To Get Hardened’

The first time LNJ Foxwoods’ Scotland jumped into the deep waters of Grade 1 competition, the son of Good Magic got schooled pretty good in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Bill Mott, the gelding’s Hall of Fame trainer, is hoping for a better result when Scotland runs in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million […]

Pennsylvania Derby: Baffert Relishing Favorite’s Role With ‘Moby Dick,’ Joseph Hoping For Another Surprise With West Coast Cowboy

Reincarnate, the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million betPARX Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, has a nickname. “We call him Moby Dick,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said by phone from California, referring to the giant whale from the classic Herman Melville novel. “He is a big, strong white horse … […]

Baffert-Trained Reincarnate Tabbed 3-1 Morning Line Choice Over 10 Rivals For Pennsylvania Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be looking for his record fifth victory when he sends out favored Reincarnate in the 43rd running of Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million betPARX Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. Reincarnate, owned by SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Robert E. Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, […]

‘Big, Robust Filly’ Playlist Takes On The Boys In Saturday’s Franklin-Simpson Stakes

Saturday’s seventh running of the Grade 2, $1 million The Exacta Systems Franklin-Simpson Stakes at the FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs is an equine battle of the sexes. However, trainer Wesley Ward, whose filly Playlist is taking on eleven 3-year-old colts in the 6 1/2 furlong sprint, doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal. […]

Hall Of Famer Mike Smith Bids For More Parx Magic With Taiba, Adare Manor

At age 57, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has no plans on slowing down. The California-based rider works as hard as ever, running five to six miles five times a week and daily trips to his local gym. He says he is in the best shape of his life and has been saying that […]

‘Filling Out And Getting Better’: Secret Oath Ready For Cotillion Redemption

In the spring, the best 3-year-old filly in the country was Briland Farm’s Secret Oath. She won three of her first four starts of 2022, including the prestigious Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. The start to the second half of the season belonged to a 3-year-old filly named Nest, who assumed the top spot in the […]

‘Going Into This Hopeful’: White Abarrio Gets Another Shot After Haskell Dud

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. can’t get the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes out of his mind. For the life of him, he can’t figure out what happened to White Abarrio in the signature race of the summer meeting at Monmouth Park. White Abarrio, owned by C2 Racing Stable and La Milagrosa Stable, ran a […]